New ag teacher looks forward to 'great adventure'

MAHOMET – Even though school doesn't start until August, Mahomet-Seymour High School teacher Jennifer Wherley is getting comfortable in her new position.

Wherley took over Mahomet-Seymour's agriculture program July 1 and has been getting acquainted with her new students and the programs they participate in, including area fairs and their feed store at the high school.

Champaign school board to start discussing facilities plan

CHAMPAIGN – More than a year after voters rejected a bond proposal that would have built three new schools in Champaign and renovated others, the Champaign school board is again beginning to look at its building needs.

The board will talk about how it will develop a long-range facilities plan when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

DACC board chairwoman elected secretary of state group

DANVILLE – A Danville Area Community College official has been elected as secretary of the Illinois Community College Trustees' Association.

Vickie Miller, chairwoman of the DACC board, was elected unanimously during the association's annual Board of Representatives meeting in June. Her one-year term began on July 1.

School districts provide funds for program

The Champaign and Urbana school districts will leave in place their site coordinators for the C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program.

The grant that paid for the site coordinators expired at the end of the last school year, but both districts included money in their budgets to continue the site coordinator positions for the coming school year.

DACC News TV to feature episode in Spanish

DANVILLE – When Patty Juarez graduated from high school, she went on to college. But after getting married, she dropped out to work at JC Penney.

"I didn't see the point of finishing," Juarez said. "I just wanted to get a job and start making money."

Rantoul school board fills two dean vacancies

RANTOUL – Filling personnel needs for the upcoming school year, Rantoul Township High School board members have hired two new deans.

New hires Christopher Garard and Todd Wilson will replace former deans Larry Maynard, who will become principal of Hoopeston Area High School, and Emily Weidner, who will be principal of Rantoul's Pathways program.

Danville school board to learn about new programs

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday will learn more about two after-school programs that will start this fall.

The programs at Danville High School and South View Middle School will be funded through a 21st Century Learning Centers grant, which was awarded to Project Success.

For cost-conscious, community college decision 'a no-brainer'

When recent Monticello High School graduate Kyle Vogelzang and his family looked at college choices, they made the same decision they'd made two times before.

"We sat down with our two older children and with Kyle and did cost comparisons," said LeAndra Vogelzang, their mother. "When we got to the bottom line, they said it's a no-brainer."

University delays decision on neighborhood redevelopment to make further review

A University of Illinois decision on who will redevelop Orchard Downs is likely to happen later this summer or fall, not this month as originally anticipated.

Two development firms are competing to be the master developer, to transform Orchard Downs from a housing community for graduate students and their families into a multigenerational community for students, retirees and young professionals.

Champaign man carves out a living with skateboard business

By day, Dustin Stuart's a supermarket produce worker at Schnucks in Champaign. But by night, weekends and any other free moments, he's quickly grinding out a career as a filmmaker, a businessman and a ringleader of the East Central Illinois skateboarding community.

Stuart, 24, is the founder of Kreme Skateboards, which designs boards and merchandise and sponsors a team of riders.